Marcus Camby Discusses His Extension With Blazers
Camby talked about the timing of the deal at this morning's shootaround, and said that his loyalty played a role in getting the talks moving quickly.
"I'm a big loyal guy," Camby said. "I've never had a chance to go into free agency. When I was in New York, I signed an extension there. When my deal was up and I was in Denver, I signed an extension there. Wherever I'm at, I tend to put my all into it -- not just to the city, but also the community. So I'm looking forward to doing some things in the community also."
Camby was asked what he likes about this Blazers team, and what was so appealing that made him agree to stay on with them for another couple of seasons.
"I just like the guys," Camby said. "The guys are young, but these guys work extremely hard every day. And I think the coaching staff we have is great. Being reunited with [Blazers' assistant coach Bill Bayno] again was definitely a big plus. He's a guy I've known since my freshman year in high school. We have that father-son relationship."
Camby is in his 14th season, but is still playing at a very high level. He was a big factor in the Blazers' surprising Game 1 win in Phoenix on Sunday, helping to hold Amar'e Stoudemire to just 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting, while grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds and blocking three shots. But as for how long Camby might play beyond the extension, he wasn't quite ready to say.
"I don't know," Camby said. "I always said I'm going to keep playing until I'm not relevant. If I'm not in that lineup, that rotation, then I know it's going to be time for me to hang it up. I can't see myself being the 11th or 12th man, or coming into games on the inactive list in suits or stuff like that. So when it gets to that point, then I know it's time for me to hang it up."